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PROCEEDINGS 



OF T JI K 



FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING 



OF THE 



'iPTIBT STATE CONVENTION, 



OF 



NORTH CAROLINA; 



HELD AT THE 



X CAMP-cnoUNP, ROWAN COUXTY, 



October 30th — Nov. 3rd, 1835. 



NEWBERNj 
printed at the recorder opficp. 

1835. 



rROCEEl)L\US 



O V T II K 



FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING 



OF T H K 



BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION, 



O F 



AORTII CAROLINA , 



HELD AT THE 



UXIOX CAMP-GROUND, ROWAN COUNTY,' 



October 30th— Nov. 3d, ISoij. 



NEWBERN: 

printed at the recorder office, 

1835. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



The introductory sermon was preached by Eld. J. Kerr, from Psalm 
51. 12 — 13. "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation: and uphold me 
by thy free spirit; then will 1 teach transgressors thy ways.and smners 
shall be converted unio thee." 

The Convention was then called to order by A. Dockery, President, 
and opened with prayer by bro. Ballard. 

On motion. Appointed Bro. J. B. Outlaw, S. Lee, J. Culpeper, Jr., 
and A. S. Winn, a Financial Committee. 

Delegates and contributions were received from the following Church- 
es, Societies, Associations, and individuals: 



COUNTIES. 


SOCIETIES. 


DELEGATES. 


POST OFFICES. 


Wake, 


Chesnut Grove, 


A. S. Winn, 


Roger's Store. 




Wake Forest, 


^ S. Wait,* J. B. Oul- 
( law, J. Armstrong, 


Wake Forest. 










Roles ville Church, 


Thomas Crocker,* 


Rolesville. 




Raleigh, 


Joel B. Clifton, 




Cumberland, 


J Cape Fear Fe- 


4 C. McAllister,* Jas. 
{ M'Daniel,J.S Mims, 


Fayetteville. 




( male Society, 






i Cape Fear Asso- 


( J,S.Mims,J.Smith,* 






( elation. 


) E. Davis,* R. Mel- 
r vin,* A. Robbins,* 


Do. 


Craven, 


W. P. Riddle, 


S. S Biddle, 


Fort Barnwell. 




Newbern, 


T. Meredith, 




Chatham, 


Reeves' Chapel, 


Aaron Emerson, 






Mineral Spring, 


R. J. Johnston, 






May's Chapel, 


F. Hawley, 

( G. W. Thompson, C. 

J S. Fooshee, 






Rock Spring, 


Pittsboro'. 










Mount Pisgah, 
Carthledge'sCreek. 






Richmond, 


{ G. Northam, Isaac 
I Mason, A.Dockery. 


Dockery's Store. 








Davidson, 


Lick Creek, 


Eli Carrell, 






Abbott's Creek, 


James Evans, 


Brummell'sP.O. 




Holla way's Ch. 


Armstead Owen, 






Jersey Settlement, 


J.Wiseman, G. Tussey, 




Iredell, 


Society M. H. 


Paul Phifer, 


Mt.ArnoD, Rowan. 




New Hope, 


\ W. Richards, J. B. 
I Ballard, A. Roby, 


Surry, CH. 








Guilford, 


Jamestow^n, 


Isaac Beeson, 




Mecklenburg, 


Beulah Church. 


S. Fox, J. Pritchard, 


Charlotte. 




Charlotte, 


James Thomas, 






Long Creek, 


John Low, 




Caswell, 


County Line, 


Sidneys. Lee, 


Yanceyville. 


Anson, 


Cedar Creek, 


(J. Culpeper, Jr., J. 
< Thomas, Benj.San- 
i ders, M. Flake, 


Beverly. 


•■ 


Rocky Run, 


J. Culpeper,Sen., 


Do. 


Johnston, 


Smithfield, 


D. Lunsford, 




Rowan, 


Eaton's Church, 


John DismukcP; 





KcU 



(4J 



• 


Fork Church, 


Jos. Pickler, 


- - 


Person, 


Olive Branch, 


Thos. Halliburton, * 






Beulah Association, 


Alexis Howard, 




Granville, 


Grassy Creek Ch. 


John Stovall, 






Hester's Creek, 


M. D. Freeman, 




Orange, 


Mount Zion, 


D. Patterson, 






Mount Carmel, 


W. H.Merritt, 






Mount Moriah, 








Antioch, 


John Durham, 




Wilkes, 


Brier Creek, 


Jas. Martin, 




Moore, 


Dover M. H. 


Horatio Sugg, 


Sugg's Bridge.P.O. 


Burke, 


Globe church. 






.Surry. 


Island Ford, 


Thos. Hampton. 
Thos. Wright, ' 


Jones ville. 


Montgomery, 


Cross Roads, 
Kendall's church. 


David Wright, 




l\e\v flanover, 


Wilmington, 


A. W.Chambliss, 
Wm. J. Finlay, 




Hertford, 


Meherring church, 


J. W. Pender, 




5 Chesterfield 
\ D S.So.Ca. 


^ Female Benevo- 
\ lent Society, 






j 




Stokes, 


New Friendship, 


John Charles. 


. 



On motion, Resolved, That we proceed to the election of officers ^ 
■which resulted as follows : 

AT.FRED DOCKERY, President. 
THOMAS MEREDITH, ) 
SAMUEL WAIT, } Vice Pr€sident!^•. 

JOSEPH B. OUTLAW, ) 
JOliN ARMSTRONG, Correspondino Secretary. 
JAMES McDANIEL, Recording Secretary 
WILLIAM ROLES, Treasurer." 
On motion. Appointed Bro. J. Culpeper, Jr., J. Dismukes, J. B. Bal- 
lard, Isaac Beeson, and A. S. Winn, a Committee to elect preachers to 
occupy the stage during this session of the Convention. 
On motion. Adjourned to 10 o'clock — to-morrow morning. 
Prayer by bro. J. Culpeper, Jr. 

Saturday Morning, 
Met according to adjournment. Bro- J. Mc Daniel, prayed. 
On motion, Invited ministering brethren to sit with us ; whereupon 
brethren Dr. Jas. Bager, Josiah Wiseman, Barton Roby, and Richard 
Jacks came forward and took seats. 

On motion, Appointed brethren Kerr, Ballard, and Meredith a Com- 
mittee on Foreign Missions ; Meredith, Ballard, and Hampton, on 
Home Missions; Armstrong, Lee, and Chambliss, on Periodicals; 
Meredith, Outlaw, and Baker, on the Agency ; Ballard, Hawlty, and J. 
Culpeper, Sen, on Sabbath Schools; Armstrong, Daniel, and Outlaw, oa 
Arrangements; Chambliss, Jordan, and Northam, on Temperance; 
Biddle, Hawley, and Richards, on Tracts ; Armstrong. Culpeper, Sen., 
and Mims, on Education ; Outlaw, Thompson, and Freeman, on the 
Wake Forest Institute; J. Culpeper, Jr., Thomas, and Meredith, on our 
Denomination in N. C. : J, Culpeper, Sen.. Finlay, and Jordan, on the 



Board of Mana<;ers ; Armstrong, Meredith, and Klit, ou the expedi- 
ency of the establiahment of a Professorship of Sacred Literature at 
Wake Forest Institute, by this Convention ; Armstrong, Meredith, and 
Merrit, on the expediency of the establishment of a Female Seminary; 
Armstrong, McDaniel, and Meredith, on the nomination of Agents for 
the ensuing year ; Wait, Armstrong, Outlaw, Crenshaw, and Roles, on 
the preparation of a Letter of instructions for the Agents ; Dr. S. Fox, 
Winn, and Martin, on the Treasury. 

On motion, Adjourned to 2 o'clock, P. M. for the purpose of hearing 
the Conventional Sermon, which was delivered by bro. Armstrong, 
irom Acts 16. 30, 31. 

Prayer by bro. Meredith. 

Two a Clock. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by bro. Hawley. 

Ordered the Bye Laws to be read. 

On motion, Resolved, That the Bye Laws of this Convention be 
printed and appended to these Minutes. 

On motion, The Report of the Board was called for, read, received, 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

On motion, Agents were called on to report; bro. J. Culpeper, Sen., 
read his report, which was received and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

Bro. Jas. Thomas read his report, which was received and ordered to 
be appended to these Minutes. 

Bro. Wm. J. Finlay, read his report, which was received and order- 
ed to be appended to these Minutes. 

On moilou. Resolved, That the Letter from the Raleigh Church be 
referred to the Committee on Home Missions. 

Received a Letter of Correspondence from the South Carolina Con- 
vention, by the hands of Jas. Thomas, who was cordially invited to a 
seat with us as a Drlegate from that Body. 

On motion, Adjourned to 7 o'clock this evening. 
p Prayer by bro, Phifer. 

V^ Scce-ii O Clock. 

\ Met according to Adjournment, and after the roll was called, bro. 

Armstrong prayt-d at the opening of business. 
- On iiDtio;!, Appointed bro. J. Arm.strong, T. Meredith, and D. J. 
*i- Baker, our Delegates to the South Carolina Convention, to meet in 
i Charleston on Saturday previous to the 2d Sabbath in Dec. 1835. 
-^ On moUon, Resolved, That the brethren who vvish to become benefi- 

* ciaries of this Convention, be examined before the Convention. 
"^ Bro Thomas McDaniel presented himself before the Convention, 

wishing to become a beneficiary, and was examined and received. 
On motion, Adjourned to Monday mornmg, 9 o'clock. 
Prayer by bro. Ballard. 

Sabbath Morning. 
>A The exercise? of the day were opened by bro. J. Armstrong, from 



James 2. 26. " For as the body without the spirit is dead, so taith with 
out works is dead also." After a respite of a few minutes the congrega- 
tion was atrain addressed by bro. T. Meredith, in behalf of the Conven- 
tion, from Revelations 6. 17. "For the great day of his wrath is come, 
and who shall be able to stand." After which a collection was taken 
up in aid of the objects contemplated by the Convention. The congre- 
gation was then dismissed for the space of 15 minutes, after which they 
were again addressed by bro. J. McDaniel, from John 15. 15. " I have 
called you friends." 

At 3 o'clock, P. M. the congregation was again addressed by bro. J. 
Kerr, from Isaiah 4. 31. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall re- 
new their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles ; they 
shall run, and not be weary ; and they shall walk, and not faint." 

At candle-light, bro. J. B. Ballard addressed the congregation from 
Matthew 17. 5. "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased ; 
hear ye him " The seriousness and attention of the congregation 
throughout the exercises of the whole day, were such as furnish ground 
for pleasing expectation. 

Monday Morning. 

Met according to Adjournment. Bro. Richards prayed at the open- 
ing of business. 

Ordered the Roll to be called. 

Ordered the Bye Laws to be read. 

On motion, Called on Committees to report. 

The Committee on arrangements reported ; report was was received, 
and the Committee discharged. 

The Commitee on Periodical reported; report was received and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Resolved, That we, the members of this Convention, will each use 
our utmost endeavours to secure five additional subscribers, and send 
them to the Editor of the Biblical Recorder. 

Resolved, That this Convention earnestly request that all the friends 
of this Convention do the same. 

The Committee on Temperance reported: report was received and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committee on Tracts reported : report was received and order- 
ed to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committee on Home Missions reported : report was received 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Resolved, That missienary services be employed during the ensuing 
year, to the full extent of the funds in hand. 

Resolved, That the attention of our Churches, Societies, and congre- 
gations, be especially called to the claims of our Domestic Missions as a 
matter of paramount importance. 

Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed, whose duty it shall 
be to superintend our missionary operations during the ensuing twelve 
months — to make contracts — give instructions — and especially to se- 
cure the execution of the preceding rtsolutions. 



0^ 

Resolved, That u committee be appointed to nominate two Agents, and 
an adequate numberof -Missionaries lor the next year. 

The Committee on Education reported: report was received and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutet-. 

The Committee on the Wake Forest Institute reported: report was 
received and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committee on the expediency of establishing a Female Semi- 
nary reported : report was received and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported: report was received 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Voted that the next session of this Convention be held at the County 
Line Church, in Caswell county, N. C. 

Resolved, That the next session of this Convention, commence on 
the Friday preceeding the 2d Sabbath in Nov. 1836. 

On motion. Appointed bro. J. McDaniel, to preach the Sermon in be- 
half of the Convention on Sabbath, at its next session. 

On motion, Appomted bro. J. Culpeper Jr., to preach the introducto- 
ry sermon at the next session of this Convention. Services to com- 
mence at 1 1 o'clock, A. M. 

On motion. Appointed bro. T. Meredith to preach the Conventional 
sermon at 11 o'clock on Saturday, at next session of this Convention. 

On motion. Adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Prayer by bro. McDaniel. 

Tuesday Morning. 

Met according to adjournment. Bro. Armstrong prayed at the open- 
ing ofbusine&s. 

Ordered the roll to be called ; after which proceeded to busmess. 

The Committee on nomination of Agents and Missionaries for the 
ensuing year reported : report received and Committee discharged. 

On motion, Resolved, That we employ J. Culpeper, Sen., for one of 
our Agents for the ensuing year. 

On motion, Resolved, That we employ F. Hawley for one of our 
Agents for the ensuing year. 

On motion. Appointed bro. Mills Piland, one of our Missionaries for 
the ensuing year. 

On motion. Appointed Wm. J. Finley, one of our Missionaries for the 
ensuing year. 

On motion, Appointed M. D. Freeman, one of our Missionaries for 
the ensuing year. 

On motion, Appointed Geo. Douglas, one of our Missionaries for the 
ensuing year. 

The Committee on Foreign Missions reported : report was received 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Resolved, That we highly opprove the Resolution of the Triennial 
Convention, to raise a hundred thousand dollars within the present 
year, for Foreign M:ssions,and that we will nse our best efforts to par 
our full proportion of that sum. 



(jn motion, Rtsuli-(d, That the Cornmiiieo on the expediency oi tin 
establishment of a professorship oi Sacred Literature at Wake Forest re- 
stitute, be allowed to make their report to the next session of this Con- 
vention. 

The Committee on the Agency reported : report was received and 
ordered to be appenaed to these Minutes. 

Resolved, That the Convention employ the services of two efRcient 
Agents for the whole of the time, durin_^ the ensuing year. 

^Resolved, That a committee be appointed, whose duty shall be to 
prepare a letter of Instructions for the Agents. 

On motion. Resolved, That we request bro. Kerr, to deliver a vale- 
dictory sermon at 3 o'clock this afternoon. 

The Financial committee reported: report was accepted and ordered 
to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committee on our Denomination in N. C, reported : report 
was received and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Bro. J. Kerr appeared, and presented a copy of the Proceedings of the 
General Association of Virginia, certifying his Delegation to this Body; 
and he was cordially welcomed to a seat with us. 

On motion, Resolved, That our Agents and Missionaries be instruct, 
ed to learn the number of Associations, Churches, Ministers, and pri- 
vate members of the denomination in this State — also, how many of the 
above are favorable to missions, and how many are not — together w^ith 
the address of the ministers. 

The Committee on the Board of Managers reported : report was re- 
ceived and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committe on the Treasury reported : report was received and re- 
ferred to a Committee to adjust. 

Resolved, That, in as much as the Wake Forest Institute is, in point 
of fact the offspring of the Convention, the Trustees of that institution 
be requested to accept from this body a nomination out of which to 
choose members to fill all vacancies occurring in that body. 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Convention, that the late fanati- 
cal proceedings touching the subject of abolition, are uncalled for, intru- 
sive, and pernicious, and that as such they have our most unqualified 
disapprobation. 

Whereas, it has pleased God to remove from among us, our beloved 
and highly esteemed bro. Turner Carter, late a Vice President of this 
body, 

Therefore, Resolved, That this Convention entertain a deep sense of 
his value, and of the loss which has been sustained by his death. 

On motion, Adjourned to 6 o'clock this evening. Prayer by bro. 
Meredith. 

Six O'clock. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Prayer by bro. J. Culpeper, Jr. 

Resolved, That we highly approve the services rendered this body by 
our beloved bro. Wm. J. Finley, and that we hope he will render uf 
his further services as a Missionary of this Convention 



Resolved, Thai we hig-hly appreciate tiie services rendered tins 
hody by our beloved brj. Jas. Thomas, and that we hope he will, irl 
his occasional itineracies, aid our Convention as he may be enabled. 

R(;solucd, That the thanks of this body be presented to the proprietors' 
cfthetents and of the camp-ground, and the citizens of the neighbour- 
hood, for the handsome and hospitable manner in which we have been 
entertained durinfr the session of this Convention. 

Resolved; Thaltne thanks of this body be tendered to the Rev. John 
Kerr, for his valedictory address to the Convention. 

On motion, Resolved, That those of our iMissionaries who have no 
lamilies, be paid 15 dollars per month for their services; and that those 
who have families be paid 20 dollars per month for their services. 

Resolved, That the Baptist State Convention of N. C, transfer, and 
do hereby transfer all their right and title to the Lands of Wake^Forest 
Institute, to the Trustees of the said Wake Forest Institute. 

On motion, Resolved, That our Agfents have 75 cents, per day for 
their services. 

On motion, Resolved, That we have 1500 copies of these Minutes 
printed, and that bro. Meredith print them, and send one copy by mail 
to every subscriber to the Biblical Recorder in N. C. — to every Society 
that contributes to the funds of this Convention — to every minister of 
our denomination in this State — and to any others to whom he may deem 
it expedient. 

On .notion, Resolved, That we request a copy of bro. Armstrong's 
Sermon, delivered on Saturday, for publication. 

On motion. Resolved, That the adjustment of the report on the 
Treasury, be submitted to brethren, A. Battle, J. B. Outlaw, and C.McAl- 
iister. 

On motion, Resolved, That the Tresurer be instructed totransmit to the 
Treasurer of the General Convention of the United States for Foreign 
Missions, the amount of Funds in our Treasury, for Foreign Missions. 

On motion. Resolved, That the sum of $70 be appropriated to meet 
the expenses of bro. Johnston, at the Institute. 

On motion. Resolved, That the sum of $55 be appropriated to meet 
the expenses of bro. Wm. Jones, at the Institute. 

On motion. Resolved, That the sum of $30 be appropriated for the 
advancepayment, to meet the expenses of bro Thos. McDaniel, at the 
Institute. 

On motion. Appointed brethren T. Meredith, j; B. Outlaw, J. Mc- 
Daniel, S.S Lee, and Jas. King, our Delegates to the General Asso- 
ciation of Virginia, at its next session. 

On motion. Resolved, That those holding funds designed for the use 
of the Convention, be requested to transmit the same to the Treasurer, 
Wm. Roles, Esq., at Rolesville, Wake county, N. C. 

On motion, Adjourned. 

Prayer by bro. Finley. 



REPORT OF THE BOARD. 

In presenting their fifth annual report, the Board would refer to some 



discouraging events ot the past year. Since the last meeiing of the 
Convention, death has entered our body and thinned our number- - 
Scarcely had ww recovered (rom the afflictive dispensation, suffered in 
the death of bro. Dr. Graham, when the Great Head of the church saw 
fit to call away our beloved bro. Turner Carter. Bro. C. had been 
a zealous, active, and liberal member of the Board for tlie last three 
years, and his talents, wisdom, and discretion contributed largely in giv- 
ing efficiency to its operations. In his death the Convention has sus- 
tained a grievous loss — but it is our duty to submit without a mur- 
mur. 

As a source of discouragement and disappointment, the Board would 
mention the unsettled state of our population. Many of "our most effi- 
cient brethren hare reaioved to the distant West, and many more are 
on the eve of departure. This circumstance very materially limits our 
efforts and checks our progress. In the view of the Board, it admits 
of a very serious doubt, whether a christian man can be in the path of 
duty, when he abandons a station in which he is promoting the spiritual 
interest of his fellow men, for the simple consideration of bettering his 
worldly condition. The love of self may result in the accumulation ot 
a large earthly treasure, but it is the dictate of nature disorganized by 
evil; the love of others is a dictate of the gospel, and it will most assu- 
redly tend to promote the interests that extend beyond the world. 

" In seeking others' good, we find our own." 

But while there are some occurrences over which we are disposed 
to weep, there are others, which call for the gratitude of our hearts, and 
the increased efforts of our hands. The Lord continues to sanction the 
means which we are employing for the salvation of man, and the glory 
of his own name. The labours of our Agents and Missionaries are at- 
tended with success, and the various objects of the Convention are rous- 
ing up the energies and commanding the influence of the intelligent and 
pious of the Denomination. 

Bro. Haynes, one of our Missionaries, writes from Haywood coun- 
ty, that the religious state of matters beyond the mountains is very en- 
couraging. He has baptized, during the past year, more than forty per- 
sons. He also states that considerable interest is manifested in ttiat re- 
gion of the State on the subject of religion ; and that there is a consider- 
able increase of the friends of liberal views and benevolent Institutions. 
The field of labor occupied by bro. H. was all the region between the 
French Broad River and the western boundary of the State. The time 
of service w^as six months. 

Bro. Richards, another Missionaray, writes from Iredell, and gives 
an encouraging view of the religious interest of his field of labour. He 
spent nearly two months in visiting the churches in Ashe, Wilkes, and 
Iredell. Some of his meetings were more than ordinarily encouraging, 
and the prospects of good very promising. 

Bro. Freeman, another of the Missionaries, has been in the service 
of the Conveiition nearly all the past year His field of labour has been 



a large portion of the middle part ot the State. Bro. F. is mucliencour- 
raged with the increasing prospects of the Convention. 

The Great Head of the church has, in his mercy, poured out his 
spirit again upon Wake Forest Institute. Numbers of the young men 
liave professed a hope in the Saviour ; and they now give strong evi- 
dence of their adoption into the fimily of the Lord. It is cause of con- 
gratulation among ourselves, and much gratitude to the God of mercy, 
that some of the finest talent of the Institute has been evidently embraced 
by this revival. We may cherish the hope, that the Lord will make use 
ofthe talent which he has converted to himself, for the promotion of his 
cause in our own State and country, and in the distant regions of the 
East. We have much reason to bless God that the Institute has ever 
been brought into existence. The work is the Lord's and the glory- 
shall be the Lord's. 

It cannot fail to warm with gratitude every christian heart, that the 
Head ofthe church is blessing in a most extraordinary manner, the ef- 
forts of our brethren in Burmah, and in the adjacent nations. In the ve- 
ry heart of Burmah, the capital ofthe Empire, a church has been estab- 
lished, and the Gospel is silently subduing the hearts of the proud be- 
nighted Burmans. Within a few years, the Missions of American 
Baptists in the East, have prospered most gloriously. The mighty in- 
fluences ofthe gospel are now pervading a vast amount of Burman 
mind, and Baptist-churches are rising up in different parts of the Em- 
pire. Surely we shall not be charged with enthusiasm, if we predict, 
that at no very distant day, Burmah will be a land of Sabbaths, of gospel 
light, of gospel glory; when sources of li^ht and benevolence will 
spring up there, and send their streams of light to other lands, to other 
people. We, of N. Carolina, bless God that we are yearly contributing 
in some small degree to scatter the light of truth among the benighted 
heathen ; and we most ardently hope, that ere long some of our own 
children will be among the happy number, who are now suffering and 
rejoicing beneath the rays of a Burman sun. 

During the meeting of the Board in June last, at Chesnut Grove, 
the Wilmington church was reported to be in a prosperous condition. — 
It is a source of high gratification to the Board, to learn that the pros- 
pects of that church are more promising than they have ever been be- 
fore. The church is now blessed with the services of a faithful and 
zealous pa.stor. 

A Committee was appointed to adopt measures that might tend to se- 
cure the services of an efficient pastor for the Raleigh church. This 
Committee will report to the Convention. 

The Board has two beneficiaries under its patronage, at the Wake 
Forest Institute. They are both pursuing a classical course of study. 
Their success in their studies is promising,and augurs favorably for fu- 
ture usefulness to the church. They have commended themselves to 
the faculty ofthe Institute,as amiable. pious,and interesting young breth- 
ren. 



■ill reviewing the past, the Board cannot refrain from expressFngiheir 
.^T^ratitude to God for the iireat mercy that has attended the efforts of the 
Convention. Everything that the Convention has touched, has prospered. 
Bytlie grace of God, our Missionaries have been successful in turning 
souls to the Lord : and our Agents have, to a very great extent, raised 
up the Denomination to a sense of its duties, and of the wants of the 
people. The Great Head of the church has especially blessed the 
Wake Forest Institute. The past has been one continued series of suc- 
cess, for which our prayer is, " Lord give us thankful hearts.'! The 
future is before us — we have the promise of him who is truth itself, that 
ifwe faint not, we shall reap. 

JOHN ARMSTRONG, Cor. Sec. 



REPORT OF J. CtriiPEPER, Sen....AGENT* 

Elder John Armstrong, Corresponding 'Secretary of the Baptist State 

Convention of IS or th Carolina. 
Dear Brother, — 

The time has arrived when it becom.es my duty to lay before 
you, for the use of the Convention, an account of my labours during the 
past year. In doing this, I deem it proper to staie, that shortly after the 
close of the last session, I visited the churches in the Northern parts o? 
Montgomery, Moore, Chatham, and part of Wake, and attended the 
meeting of the Board at Wake Forest in December. 1 next travel- 
led through the counties of Richmond, Robeson, Columbus, and a part 
of Brunswick, but was prevented by the inclemency of the weather, 
from visiting the South Western part of Bladen. I then visited the 
counties of Montgomery, Moore, Chatham, Orange, Person, Caswell, 
Rockingham, Guilford, and Randolph; and have since visited the coun- 
ties of Davidson, Stokes, Wilkes, and Rowan, and travelled considerably 
in Anson — finding Bro. Thomas was called to attend theWestern parts of 
the State. I have travelled 195 days, preached 155 sermons, attend- 
ed 5 Associations, and seven protracted meetings, of from four to thir- 
teen days continuance. At all of these Associations and Protracted 
meetings, I had an opportunity of explaining the objects of our Con- 
vention, and describing the progress we have made, and are now making 
in the accomplishmenFof these objects; and, although great misrepresen- 
tation, and consequent prejudice and opposition prevail, in many sec- 
tions of the country against our plans, I have found the people atten- 
tive to our explanations : and where the people can be induced to read 
the history of our proceedings, and attend to correct and judicious ex- 
planations, the mists of prejudice and misapprehension which hung 
round the eiiterprize, and benevolent institutions of the day, and obscur- 
ed their grandeur and importance, have been dispersed: and many of our 
well meaning, but misguided brethren & friends, who once opposed us, 
and treated us as the enemies of God and his gospel, are now sincere 
/"riends and ready to come to the help of the Lord Some ne^ Focieties? 



jiavo been ibrmed, and some old ones revived and enlarged. Something' 
too, has been done to encourage tho [formation of Sabbatb wSchools and 
Temperance Societies where ever success could be expected. 

In some of the churches which have been visited, the state of religion 
is not the most promising; but in others prospects are pleasing, and 
great numbers are joining, and the gates of Zion are crowded ; and in 
others much anxiety and feeling are ajparenl. Many of our brethren in 
the Ministry, and some of whom we love, refuse to associate with 
us and unite in the good work, yet we liave much cause for gratitude to 
God. The signs of the times are encouraging, many of our brethren 
in the extreme western parts of our State, and in most of the adjoining 
Stales, are successfully employed in the promotion of the objects contem- 
plated by us. The improvement in our denomination and tlie success at 
our efforts are apparent, not only from the additions to many of our 
churches, and the increase and enlar^rfment of our Auxiliary Societies, 
but from the numerous large and comfortable houses which have been 
built, and are now building for religious worship in different parts of 
our State, and the large sums subscribed for the building of suitable 
houses for the accommodation of the students at the WakeForest Insti- 
tute, and in the high standard of religious duty set up in man}'- of our 
churches 

But although much has been done, and we may truly say, what hath 
•God wrought, yet much, very much remains to be done; and, although 
God is sovereign and orders all things according to the council of his 
own vvill, yet he works by means, and his purposes are accomplished by 
the means infinite wisdom has appointed, and God has enjoined in his 
word. And the success hitherto accompanying our feeble efforts should 
stimulate us to continued and increasing exertions : and every thing in 
the word and providence of God, in the state of the church and of 
the world, should urge us to activity in the cause of God and truth. 

Our charities should not be scanty, our prayers faint, or our faith 
weak. That you, my dear Brother, and every member of the Conven- 
tion, and all our religious friends may have and feel more fully than ev- 
er, what are the peculiar duties you owe to God, to the church, and to 
the world; and may willingly discharge them in the way that is most 
conducive to God's glory ,^ your individual, comfort, and the prosperi- 
ty of Zion is my fervent prayer. 

J. CULPEPER, Sen. Asrent. 



REPQRT OF JA>IES THOMAS....AGENT. 

Wilkes County, N. C, October 27th, 1835. 

Elder Joh?c Armsirong Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist 
State Convention of N. C. 

My Dear Brother, — 

in this communication, I givevouan account of mv services for the 



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<JonventioD. in this end of thv^ State, during tiie last six months, the 
lime and place assigned me by this body. I entered my field of labour 
the first of last May, and have since devoted my ^v hole time and atten- 
tion, except 'Z9 days, which time I lo<t from sickness, rain, and high wa- 
ters. I have visited the most of the Churches and Towns in Anson, 
Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell. Lincoln, Wilk es, and Surry 
counties, and part of those in Montgotnery, Stokes, and Burke, to whom 
I have preaclied the word of life as the great means of securing the glo- 
ry of God in the salvation of sinners, and the most eflfectual method of 
suppressinir error, defending the faith, and of concentrating the efforts 
of our denomination in the objects of this Convention. 1 have often 
had special evidence of divine favour on my labours in promoting the 
cause of Missions ;in rousing young converts to duty ; and, I have a hope, 
of building up among the saints and churches the Spirit of research for 
the path of duty in reference to this body. It has been my special care tu 
present to the people the objects and claims of this body,in.as true a light 
as possible, in order to test the love and zeal of all for Christ and 
his cause, and that each church and individual might have an opportu- 
jiity of doing their duty 

I have, therefore, left a subscription with each church where I have 
been, to contain the donations of those who are willing to aid in our 
Avorkoflove. Some rejoice in our prosperity, approve of our plans, 
and promise to meet us and give us their aid ; others seemed friendly, 
received a subscription at my hand, and asked me to come again, but 
\vould not promise to help ; a third class will do >\ hat they can against 
us — as usual; a few of these are open to instruction and may be reclaim- 
ed ; others of thisclass are determined in their course are set against the 
light, and, I fear, are beyond recovery. 

I have travelled during the last six months,about two hundred miles; 
preached one hundred & seventy nine sermons; and aided in receiving 
the christian experience of 66 individuals, 22 of whom I baptized. I 
have otiiciated in 8 sacramental services and in two ordinations. Twen- 
ty-nine dollars have been handed to me from different individuals for the 
Convention; the names and the amount will be seen in another place. — 
About 10 dollars have been given to me, which I will give to the board 
of this body. My expenses have been about 60 dollars. 

I find from the Minutes of thedifierent Associations in this end of the 
State, and that west of a straight line from Richmond co., to Stokes, that 
there are 10 Assciations. which contain 123 churches,96 ministers, 60or- 
dained, 36 licensed, and 5920 communicants ; 775 baptized in one year. 
$171 90 were sent up for Minutes and other purposes. Apart of 
two of the Associations are in South Carolina. iNearly all of these As- 
sociations are divided on the subject of Missions, Ministerial Education, 
Sabbath Schools, Temperance Societies, and such like Institutions. — 
Every kind of imaginary objection is found against these institutions by 
so.:ne — yet, they are viewed in their true light by others, and consider- 
ed as productive of great good to the moral condition of man, and to the 
furtherance of the gospel. 

The Sabbath School cause is advancing in many places. Eld. J. B. 



Ballard, the Sabbath School Accent, has done much for this cause in thisj 
region. The 'remperance reform is evidently on the decline, and the 
use of strong drink is taking- deep root, more or less in all this fruitful 
country. I have seen not less than 17 distilleries in operation this 
fall in my field of labour ; and woful to tell, many professors of religion, 
who say they desire the prosperity of Zion, to do good, eschew evil, and 
abhor drunkness in all its forms, make, sell, use, give, and send 
abroad this awful evil, and they often quote the Scriptures to justify their 
course. It is not the common class ot men only that use and spread 
this poison abroad ; but the oificial members of christian communities, 
and candidates for public otfice lend their aid, and are often assisted on 
in their path to honor by and through the magic influence of this mon- 
ster of misery. There are some neigliborhood and individual excep- 
tions; yes, there are" some excellent ongs scattered in all thie^ region, 
who mourn over the ravages of this fiend of darkness; and will not cease 
to pray and strive against the winds and waves of opposition till help 
be given from on high. 

Some in all of these Associations approve of the cause of missions, 
pity and pray for the heathen, as they say, and yet do no more ; oth- 
ers like part of our movements, reject the rest, and often refuse to aid in 
any part of our work. Thus I have given a glimpse of the confused 
state of things in the opposing parts of this end of the State ; but as above 
mentioned, there are other precious ones,whoare,l believe, bound upon 
with the zeal of the Lord of hosts, and will not rest until righteousness 
go forth as brightness, and salvation as a lamp that burneth, and the 
wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a 
forest. 

I had it in my power to visit the Mountain, Yadkin, Catawba, and the 
Brier Creek Associations at their last sessions, and was most kindly re- 
ceived, invited to preach, aided in business, and I presented our claims 
and cause before them. The Mountain Association, though a large 
body composed of many ministers — yet, but little aid will be given to us 
from this region. From this meeting, I passed on among the churches 
in Iredell, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg; and I expected from thence to 
visit the churches above the blue ridge, and those which compose the 
western Convention ; but, for want of time, and a sudden attack of fever, 
I was therefore prevented from visiting them at all. But I addressed 
some of the leading brethren of that region, and from their letters and 
the Minutes of the new Convention, 1 inferthat in. Spirit we and they are 
one.and th ir course and o<jr course is the same — though they choose to 
act distinct from us m the samegood work. I n:*xt visited the Yadkin As- 
sociation, and found the representation full, and all friendly. This body 
passed a resolution favourable to our course, and all their things was 
done in charity. We had a refreshing: time from the presence of the 
Lord. I next met the Catawba Association in session, and laid our cause 
before them, and after sundry remarks, some for, and some against, it 
was voted to be noticed in their Minutes, and left to the churches to do 
in these matters as they saw proper. The same remarks are applica- 
ble to the Brier Creek Association, in part, and many of this body will 



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aid us ill all of our measures, and rejoice to see our cause arise. In con 
elusion I would sajahat many things occurtodamp our feelings, check 
the cause, and chili ou; zeal ; yet great good has been done, is yet to do. 
rtnd the cause being the Lord's and must and shall prevail, we should 
therefore thank the Lord, and take courage. All of which is respectful- 
]y submitted. 

JAMES THOMAS 



REPORT OF IVILIilAM J. FIXLEY....AGENT. 

Utiion Camp Ground, Nov. 2d, 1835. 
'.Elder John Armstrong, Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist State 
Convention of N. C. 
Dear Brother, — 

It is proper that you should hear from me, concerning my labours 
for the Convention, during the year now closed. Early in November I 
was apprized of my appointment by the Convention, asone of its Agents, 
to travel six months in the section between Cape Fear and Tar Rivers, 
including the counties of Halifax and Northampton. I made prepara- 
tion immediately to fulnlthe same. The business of my Agency, be- 
sides 4 months missionary service, in the 3d section, occupied my time 
in the counties of Northampton, Duplin, Sampson, Bladen.Johnston, Cum- 
berland, Wayne, Lenoir, Pitt, Beaufort, Craven, Carteret, Jones, and 
Onslow, to the close of July. Severe weather, and in some instances 
failure in appointiuents, prevented me from labouring in some of the 
above counties, as much as I anticipated. Since the 1st of August, I 
have visited as many as it was practicable, of the churches in the coun- 
ties of Wake, Franklin, Nash, Halifax, Northampton, Edgecombe, and 
Green. An alteration was made in my arrangements without my 
knowledge, which prevented my visiting Warren, except merely to pass 
through it. 

I have travelled 127 di^-ys, visited 3 protracted meetings, 1 union meet- 
ing, several meetings of from two to three days continuance, 2 Associa- 
tions, and 1 camp meeting: preached 124 sermons; delivered many 
exhortations ; twice assisted in Ordinations ; eight times in administering 
the Sacrament of the supper; and many times in receiving the experi- 
ence of candidates for admittance into the church. I desire to thank 
the Lord, that he has not left me without reason to be ieve that his hand 
has been upon me. In my efforts to administer the word, at many times 
my own soul, and the souls of many of them to whom it was my privi- 
lege to administer, felt it to be in deed, and in truth, the word of God. — 
Althouirh coldness has been much complained of in the churches, I have 
had the happiness to see, at many times, believers renewed in their 
strength; sinners mourning on account of sin, and some of these in a 
little time rejoicing in a good hope through grace. Some of my breth- 
ren in the ministr\, I have no doubt, have seen more revivals recently 
than I have ; but 1 thank the Lord, who has given even me to see him 
reviving his work : as for instance, at Potecasy in Northampton co. 



und at Mount Pisgaii, in Chatham. I have been generally, well rec^ivv 
ed and kindly treated ; even by some who had not been favourably dis- 
posed towards our institution. 

Opposition has generally lost its violence, but it is much to be regret^ 
ted, that many who profess themselves friendly to our institutions, have 
little or no zeal. This circumstance is worse for the good cause, than 
all the opposition that can be made. This will also apply to Temper- 
ance Societies, which are, however, in many parts, exerting a mild in- 
fluence which is felt by many who speak, or have spoken against them. 
In a few places, Sabbath Schools are pretty well attended ; but in our 
State, the system seems to be only in its infancy. For, as far as 1 have 
become acquamted with facts touchmg the Associations which oppose 
the institutions of the day, their increase for the past year, hajs been, if 
any, comparatively small. — 

I have received, as wall be seen in the Table below, the amount of 
$37 37 in small donations to the Convention. I have had on some oc- 
casions, subscription papers, in behalf of the funds of your venerable 
body, and was kindly received. Your present meeting, I expected-, 
would witness some of the results. I received in presents to my selt, the 
sum of $40, sixteen of which I shall appropriate to the interest of thtJ 
Convention. 

Now, that the Lord may prosper you in all your pious understaking^s 
for the promotion of his declarative glory,is the prayer of 
Your obedient servant in the Lord, 

WILLIAM J. FINLEY. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OX THE W* F. INSTITUTHi 

Your Committee on the Wake Forest Institute beg leave to report; 
that all the operations of this Institution are moving on prosperously 
and harmoniously. The present year commenced with about one huri'! 
<^red students, and their number continues about the same. An exam- 
ination of the students of the Institute took place in July last : and the 
report of the examining committee is obliged to render high gratifica- 
tion to all the triends of this beloved concern, and place still higher in 
estimation, those who have the immediate charge of the school. 

For it cannot be doubted, that the uncommon progress made by the 
students of the Institute is entirely dependent on the constant and un- 
tiring zeal of its Professors, our esteemed brethren Wait and Armstrong, 
and to those name^ may now be added, that of brother Graves as Tutor. 
Matters there move on hormoniously and in order ; the students takfe 
pride in their school, and go forward with alacrity and cheerfulness in 
all its operations. The healthful appearance of the young men, and the 
successful progress in their studies, must prove satisfactorily to every 
mihd.the great advantages of the labour department of that Institution. 
The College building undertaken by Capt.John Berry, is going on with 
steady briskness, and no doubts are entertained of its completion even 
before the time allotted; but it is doubtful whether or no, any conveni- 
ence will be available from it, before the beginning of the year 1837. — 
In a^Idition to that bviMin^, the students themselves l^ave erected a cf^m- 



fortable house with four commodious rooms. 

Your Committee entertain no doubts or fears about the continued 
success ofthis child of the Convention, and recommend it still to its fos- 
tering care and protection. The experiment of connecting manual la- 
bour with sudy, has now, we judge, been fairly made. The publick are 
aware of the advantages,and now your Committee can confidently say, it 
is their belief that we have every thuig to hope, and nothing to tear. — 
Your Committee cannot close this report, vvithout referring to the bles- 
sed fact of the late revival among the students of the Institute. We say 
blessed, because few such incidents are to be found in the annals of his- 
tory. That it should thus please God, in such an almost miraculous 
manner, once a year, to pour out his spirit upon so many, so young, and 
in so short a period. Among the number, are many of the finest gifts 
of the Institute, and your Committee rejoice and bK ss God in the pros- 
pect, that from this nursery may go out many proclaimers of salvation 
through Christ. 

But such are the facts, and although to us, they may appear wonder- 
ful — yet we rejoice in the result, and take courage in the belief, that 
God, in his providence, is already amply rewarding those whohave toil- 
ed to put this Institution into operation, by thus early bringing so many to 
a knowledge of the truth, as it is in Jesus; those whose happy lots 
have been cast, as students of the Wake Forest Institute. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOSEPH B. OUTLAW, Chairman. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The Committee to whom was referred the periodical, beg leave to 
present the following report : 

The present prosperous condition of the Convention, mast in some 
considerable degree, be referred to the influence of the press. The In- 
terpreter contributed largely to enlighten the minds of our brethren on 
the importance of the various objects of the Convention. The Biblical 
Recorder succeeded the Interpreter, and during the last year, it has been 
a powerful auxiliary to the benevolent efTorts of the age. It admits of a 
doubt with your Committee, whether, as a Convention, we could now 
get along at all, without the aid of a periodical. We have no hesita- 
tion in saying, that our success will be proportionate to the extent of its 
circulation. Your Committee cannot say too much in praise of the able, 
and successful manner in which the editor has conducted his paper. 

Your Committee would recommend to j^ou, the following resolu- 
ions, viz : 

Resolved, That we, the members of the Convention, will each use our 
utmost endeavours to secure five additional subscribers, and forward 
them on to the editor of the Biblical Recorder. 

Resolved, That the Convention earnestly request that all the friends 
of the Convention (\(^ the same. 

JOHN ARMSTRONG, Chairman 



REPORT ON SABBATH SCliOOLS. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools beg leave to report: 

Your Committee have taken this subject into consideration, as much as 
their limited opportunities would peimit. We believe ttial it is an insti- 
tution ol'iTreat importance, and calculated by the blessing of God to. ex- 
tend the kingdom ot Christ. 

We tind, however, that there are difliculiieS; which in some places, pre- 
vent their successful operation. Among the?;L' may be mentioned, a 
want of suitable loachers and superintendents, apathy in relation to the 
instruction of children, sparseness of tlie population in some parts of the 
State, iadiflference of some of the ministry on the subject, a want of suita- 
ble houses in which to hold schools, prejudice against the institution, and 
last, iho' not least, a want of information on the subject. 

Notwithstanding all these obstacles, this work ol love is moving on- 
ward. Something has been done. There are, as reported, by^ie Ameri- 
can Sunday School Union, in their last report, in this State, 152 
schools, 1,210 teachers, 7,651 scholars belonging to that institution. And, 
from what we know of other schools, which do not belong to that Society, 
we judge it safe t.) estimate the whole number in the State, at 228 schools, 
1,815 teachers, 11,416 scholars. There are, also, 14 depositories establish- 
ed at the most important points in the State, where suitable books for li- 
braries can be obtained. 

The A. S. S. Union, by their agents, have filled up 24 counties with S. 
Schools in the State, and partially supplied a number more; and they are 
making efforts as rast as their means will admit, to establish a S. School in 
every neighborhood where it is practicable; and to supply them with suita- 
ble books. 

Your Committee firmly believe that this institution is, when properly 
managed a powerful means under God of promoting the learning, the mor- 
als, and the salvation of the rising population of our country ; that it is the 
means of promoting a better observance ol the Sabbath and of producing 
a missionary spirit; for who can read the Memoirs of a Swartz, a Brain- 
ard, a Martyn, a Mrs. Judson, books in the S. School library, and not feel 
favorably impressed in favor of the cause ot missions? We also conceive 
that it is the means of calling the attention of young men to the gospel 
ministry. 

How many a young maia, while imparting instruction to his S. School 
clas' and exhorting them to be reconciled to God. has had his mind deeply 
impressed with preaching the same Jesus whom he loves, to his perishing 
fellow creatures. 

While sotriething has been done in this slate in this good cause, yet we 
conceive there is much remains to be done ; that renewed, vigorous, and 
})ersevering measures should be taken as soon as practicable to establish 
and sustain a good Sabbath School in all our congregations throughout the 
land. 

Under these considerations, therefore, we do most earnestly recommend 
this subject to the consideration, prayers, and vigilent co-operation of our 
denomination throughout the State. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. B. BALLARD. 



REPORT ON THE STATE OF RELIGION. 

The Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the Baptist De- 
nomination in the State of North Carolina, respectfully report : 



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Thatwe liave it ijot m our power to give you an accuraie sialiiiicai 
statement of the Baptist interest in the state ; lior are we certain that such 
a course would be coni.isient with our duties. 

There are twenty-eight Associations in the State, includina three, situ- 
nted partly in South Carolina. Twenty of these Associations, are mainly 
engaged in promoting the benevolent efforts of the Age. There has been 
a considerable increa^ in nupiber in their churches during the past year — 
some have received but few additions; but others have been greatly 
strengthened by large additions, amongst which are found many persons 
of intelligence and wealth. The churches have not generally, an adequate 
supply of Ministerial laborers ; and a considerable number of our preachers 
are not so well informed as we could desire. We are happy, however, to 
be able to state, that our ministry is growing in numbers, piety, energy, and 
intelligence. We realize a gradual increase of interest in favor of the 
Missionaiy Enterprize, and other kindred institutions. 

There are in Pvorth-Carolina about thirty-thousand communicants 
: u the Baptist Churches. These, with tlie exception of eight Associations 
in the opposition, containing comparatively few in number, are advancing 
in all those things pertaining to godliness, and which are calculated to give 
us that standing in the community to which our doctrines entitle us. 
All of which is resnectfully submitted. 

JOHN CULPEPER, Jun. Ch. 



REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

- The Committee on Foreign Missions beg leave to present the following Re- 
port : 

There is great cause of gratitude to the God of Missions, lor the success with 
u-hich he h3.s crowned the efforts of his people, to send the light of life to those 
who have long been sitting in the region and shadow of death. 

All Ihestatiorls occupied at the time of your last annual meeting, are now in 
successful operation. Some of them have been replenished with additional la- 
borers ; and other facilities for publishing the word of eternal )ife, in various 
.lorms, among the heathen, have been multiplied, and are almost daily raultiplv- 
:ng. 

The wilderness and the solitary places begin to be glad for them, and the des- 
ert is beginning to blossom as the rose. Very recently, sixteen devoted servants 
of the Lord Jesus, (four of them from your sister state, Virginia,) have bid fare- 
well to home, and kindred, and country, and taken their departure to different, 
and distant heathen lands, to toil, and suffer, and die, for the benefit of their be- 
nighted fellow beings, and the glory of their Lord and Master. The field of 
labour alrady white to the harvest, is widening before us, and inviting us to 
greater effort and greater glory. 

The board of the "General Convention of the Baptist denomination in the U. 
States" has determined to send out every qualified man who may present him- 
self as a missionary ; and the Triennial Convention, at its recent session, resolved 
TO raise within the current vear, a hundred thousand dollars for that glorious ob- 
ject. 

Under the direction of the board. Elder Howard Malcom is gone to visit all 
o-ar Missionary stations — explore the enemy's territory — look out new fields of 
labour, and report the most favorable points of attack upon the Empire of sin and 
death. 

The word and works of God speak upon this subject, a language which cannot 
be misunderstood. 

The heathen are given to our Redeemer for an inheritance, and the uttermost 
"i^arts of the earth, for a possession. Soon it shall be announced in heaven "the 
Kingdoms of this wold ore become the kins'doms of our Lord and of his 
Chri?^.'-" 



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111 view'ol the ericuiii af^'iug prospects before us, your CLJiiiiautef rercimiiouil ibe 
adoption of the following resolution : 

Resolved, That we hiii;hly approve the Resolution of tlie Triennial Conven- 
tion, to raise a hundred thousand dollars within the present year, lor foreign 
missions, and that we will use our best efforts lo pay our full proportion of that 
sum. 

JOHN KERR Ch. 



REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

The Committee on Home Missions would respectfully submit the following 
report : — 

From the best information which your committee have been able to obtain, it 
appears that 'the existing state of our Domestic Mission, is far from being as pros- 
perous as we could wish, or as tne interests of the denomination require. Re- 
ports have been leceived from but fii^e of our Missionaries, appointed the last 
year, from which circumstance the inference is to be drawn, that U)ese are the 
only persons who have at all complied with their appomtments. Of these, but 
two have performed more than a few months' service. These facts, added to the 
circumstances, that W3 have leceived buUa very limited representation from se- 
veral sections ol the Slate, and that the Domestic Mission funds are presumed to 
be less than they have been on any preceediug occasion, furnish conclusive evi- 
dence that somfething ib materially wrong hi this important branch of our opera- 
tions. And your committee would here take occasion to remark, that efficient 
and successful measures in this department are of the more signal importance on 
account of the obvious fact, that, on the success of our operations in this depart- 
ment, depends, in a great measure, our success in each of the others. 

In view of the foregoing, your committee would respectlully recommend the 
adoption of the following resolutions : 

1. ThatjMissionary service be employed, during the ensuing year, to the full 
extent of the funds in hand. 

2. That the attention of our churches, societies, &c. be specially called to the 
claims ot our Domestic Mission, as*a matter of paramount importanct?. 

3. That a committee of five be appointed, whose duty it shall be to superintend 
our Missionary operations during the ensuing twelve months— to make contracts 
to give instructions— and, especially to secure the execution of the first resolu- 
tion. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

T. MEREDITH, Ch. 



REPORT ON THE AGENCY. 

The committee on the agency would respectfully report: -That one ol ouiV 
agents has performed his whole term of service, and gone through his entire sec-' 
tion— that one has gone through about one half of his section— that from one we 
have received no direct intelligence— and that the other has done nothing. From 
these facts it is obvious that a large proportion of the state has not been visited 
at all. The consequence is such as was to be apprehended, namely, numerous 
failures in representation in this body, and a ccrresponding deficiency in the. 
amount of funds contributed. These circumstances, in the view of the commit- 
tee, render it indispensably necessary for the convention to change the mode of 
operation adopted the last year. The committee would accordingly recommend' 
the followin;? resolutions : — 

1. Resolved, That the Convention employ the services of two efficient Agent.-) 
for the whole of the time, during the ensuing year. 

2. Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to nominate two Agents for the 
next year. 

3. Resolved, That a committee be appointed whose duty shall be to prepare a 
letter of Instruction for the Agents. 

All of which is respectfully sudmitted, 

T. MEREDITH. Cb, 



ROPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The Commiiteo on Education submit the following report -.—Among the vari 
ous objects of the Couvention, the object of Education commands a prominent 
nlace. As a Denomination, we, of all mei., ought to be the mo.st intelligent. Our 
distin^.uishing characteristic as a people is the important seniiment, that "man 
is capable of self government" and hence our churches are all founded upon the 
broad principles of Republicanism, and independent of each other. In order, 
therefore, to defend our principles, to administer the government of our churches, 
and give respectability to our claims, we must be an intelligent people. The 
mass of ignorance which pervades a large portion of our Denomination, must be 
dissipated by education, before we can nope to remove the narrow prejudices 
which now "render them suspicious of the expanding benevolence, and Christian 
efforts of their more enlightened brethren. An enlightened people will have an 
enlightened ministry. If, therefore, we enlighten the people, they will take care 
that the ministry be competent to meet the .lemands of the age. The committee 
would, therefore, commend Wake Forest Ia<=tiiuie to the especial patronage of 
the Convention. The interest of the Denomination is intimately connected with 
the Institute. The Convention has two young ministerin?: brethren at the Insti- 
tnte and there is a prospect ot the ap;)lication of several more. Your committee 
would, therefore, recommend that the attention of the brethren be directed lo the 
Education fund. . 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

JOHN ARMSTRONG, Ch. 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The Committee on Temperance beg leave to say : that they are grai- 
ified in learning that, in many parts of this State,the cause is advancing. 
New Societies, since the last session of this body, have been formed in 
various parts of the State: and multitudes have attached themselves to 
these Societies, and are doing alhn their power to increase the general 
interest of the cause. We pretend not to know the precise number of 
Societies formed, or individuals added : and probably it might not be im- 
portant at present to know this. Suffice for us to know that the Lord 
has, in this respect, done great things for us, whereof we are glad. — 
But while we reflect with rejoicing on what has been done in this work, 
we should not forget that much is retraining yet to be done. There is 
much land vet to be possessed. And here your Committee would re- 
commend the propriety of increased efTort on the part of all the friends ot 
iheTemperance reformation. We consider this to be the cause of God, 
inasmuch as it has in view the sameends which have ever characterized 
thp beneficient Jehovah. We regard it vastly important,both on account 
of the present and future consequences of the use of this awful bane ; but 
still we would hope that great prudence might accompany all our efforts 
in this benevolent imdertaking. In putting down one side,let us labour 
not to create another. In destroying drunkn^ss, let us not excite mal- 
ice and hatred. Especially we would suggest that, whatever zeal may 
be discovered in us on this point, let no expressions in addr«^s.-es, or on 
any occasion be indulged which might chill the hearts of any against 
^he ministry, or more especially against the gospel. 

• •' ' A. W CHAMBLISS. Ch 



(23) 
REPORT ON CONTRIBUTIONS. 



Counties 


Contributions. 


H. M. 1 


F. M 


Educ'n. 


Total. 


Wake, 


Chesnut Grove, 


6 25 


3 75 






10 00 




Wake Forest, 


31 00 


31 00 


31 


00 


93 OC 




Rolesville Church, 


3 50 


3 50 


3 


00 


10 Ot 




N. A. Purify, 


1 50 


1 50 






3 OC 




M.M. Dunn's Sub. paper, 


40 00 








40 OC 


Craven, 


Newbern, 

Female Working Soeiety. 


15 00 
15 00 








15 OC 
15 OC 


S. C. 


John Massey, Esq. 




5 00 






5 OC 


Cumbl'd. 


Cape Fear, F.M. Society, 


31 00 








31 0( 




Cape Fear Association, 


10 00 


42 22 






52 2^ 


Craven, 


W. P. Biddle, 


10 00 








10 OC 


Chalh'm 


Reeves' Chapel, 
Joshua Williams, 
W. H. Bridges, 
Cash, 


3 43 


3 43 

3 00 

I 00 

20 


3" 


44 


10 3( 

3 0( 

1 0( 

2( 




May's Chapel, 


§ 33 


3 33 


3 


34 


10 0( 




McLoud's M. House, 


2 33 


2 33 


2 


34 


7 0( 




Bear Cjeek, 


2 20 


2 20 


2 


21 


6 6^ 


Richm'd 


Carthledge Creek, 


17 44 


33 06 


9 


50 


60 0( 




Bethel, 


1 00 


16 25 


3 


00 


20 2t 


Davids'n 


Lick Creek, 


6 55 


1 72 


1 


73 


10 0( 




Abbott's Creek, 


9 75 


25 






10 0( 


Iredell, 


Society Church, 


6 50 


7 00 




75 


14 21 




New Hope,* 


16 33 


17 00 




34 


33 71 


Guilford. 


Jamestown, 


9 50 


50 






10 0( 


Meck'bg. 


Beulah, 


5 00 


10 00 


5 


00 


20 0( 


Caswell, 


County Line Church, 


3 33 


3 33 


3 


34 


10 0( 


Moaig'y. 


New Union, 


1 00 


4 85 


1 


00 


6 81 


Anson,' 


Cedar Creek, 
Deep Creek, 


6 66 


39 68 
5 20 


5 


17 


50 7( 
5 2( 




Rocky River. 


3 33 


3 33 


3 


34 


10 0( 


Johnston 


Smithfield, 


4 45 


6 20 


3 


45 


14 1( 


Rowan, 


Eaton's, 


5 25 


1 00 


4 00 


10 2. 


Person, 


Olive Branch, 


7 25 


7 50 




50 


15 2i 


Gr'nviUe 


Grassy Creek, 


6 30 


8 85 


3 


37 


19 5i 


Person, 


Beulah Association. 


3 33 


3 33 


3 


34 


10 0( 


Orange, 


Mount Zion, 


4 00 


3 33 


2 


67 


10 0( 




Mount Carmel, 


2 00 


6 00 


2 


00 


10 0( 


N.Han'r. 


Wilmington, 




10 00 


10 


00 


20 0{ 


Wilkes, 


Brier Creek, 


4 25 


3 25 


2 50 


10 0( 


Davids'n 


Holloway's Church, 


9 00 


1 00 






10 li 


Gr'nviUe 


Hester's Church, 


1 00 


8 93 




25 


10 0( 


Orange, 


VV. H. Merritt, 


10 00 


20 00 


10 


00 


40 5i 


Chath'm. 


Mineral Spring, 


3 84 


3 84 


3 


84 


n 0( 


Meckb'g. 


James Thomas, 


5 00 


5 00 






10 0( 


S. C. 


Female Benevolent Soc. 




16 00 






16 0( 


Meckb'g. 


Burrell Cashon, 


1 GO 








1 0( 


.Miss S. Abera^hie, 


25 








2t 




Mrs. N Aberathie, 


25 








21 


RuthTd. 


Servant Daniel, 




5 






I 


Surrv. 


Rev. P. Ramsour, 


2 00 








2 or 



* S3 00 Affrica n Mis. 







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REPORT ON CON'Th. UT ON'3 


— COKTINUED. 




VVllKts. 


l.Ciiristiuan, 


1 oc 






11 




Mrs. P. Helley, 


1 oc 


* 




1 C 




Mrs. F. Carmichald, 


5C 






c 




Miss V. Carmichald, 


5C 






5 


Anson, 


LMr.D. Brvan, 


1 OC 






1 C 


Iredell, 


'Cor: Jos. VVhitc, 


2 OC 






2 C 


Pe..-^-. 


; Daniel vSpeck', 






1 OC 


1 C 


Gr'nvilit^ 


W. Elderson, 
Francis Hester, 


50 




21 


2 
5 




Lewis Montague, 


50 


50 




1 




JW. Montague, 


37 


38 




7 




;F. Montague, 


25 


25 


25 


1 


Mo.rc, 


John Montag'iie, 


1^ 


13 




2 


M.. ig'y. 


Jos. G. Mo,ore, 


50 


50 




1 


Ch-.:' 


Asa" W. Charabers, 


2 50 


2 50 


j 


5 


Orange, 


Rockey Spring, 


8 20 


12 00 




20 2 




Antioch, 


3 25 


6 76 




:o 


) 


R. Murchison, 


2 50 


2 50 




5 


Wilkes, 


Globe Church, 


2 00 






2 


Rowan, 


W. Coffey, 


10 






1 


Wake, 


Fork Churchy 


5 00 


3 75 


1 25 


10 


Meck'bg. 


Raleigh, 


5 00 


5 00 




10 




Long Creek, 


3 33 


3 33 


3 34 


10 


Surry, 


Island Ford, 


6 50 


6 75 




13 2 


Stokes, 


Thos, Wright, 


3 33 


3 33 


3 3d 


10 


Moore, 


New Friendship, 


8 00 


2 00 




10 


M tg'y. 


Dover M. H. 


4 75 


5 25 




10 


Hertford, 


Cross Road Forks, 


7 50 


2 25 


25 


10 




Maherring M. H. 


3 83 


3 83 


3 84 


11 5 


Wake, 


Cedar Fork, 


4 00 


8 30 




12 3 


Chath'm. 


Mount Pisgah Church, 


2 25 


8 00 




10 2 


Orange, 


Mount Moriah, 


2 00 


8 00 




10 


Davids'n 


Jersey Settlement, 


6 27 


14 72 


5 83 


26 S' 


Stokes, 


Henry Alsparict, 




50 




5i 


Surry, 


Thos. Douglas, 


1 00 






1 0( 


Montg'y. 


Kendall's Church, 


3 37 


2 G3 




6 0( 


N.Han. 


W. J. Finlev, 


5 33 


5 33 


5 34 


16 0( 


Northa'n 


J. Peel, ' -^ 
L. Cook, 








3 0( 










3 0( 




Pottecasy Church, 








6 OC 


^'. Han. 


Miss Betsey Pridger, 
Miss B. Buxton, 
John Halloman. 








5 11 

2c 

5 OC 


Wake, 


Hephsebah, 
Sandy Creek, 




1 




1 11 

7c 


Pitt, 


Callaway's, [^ 
Annoninious, [ 


12 45 


12 45 


12 46 


5 IC 
5C 




SistersMoore&Blount, 








1 OC 


?^. Han. 


Moore's Creek, 


t 






75 


Lenoir, 


Alexander Moseley, 








1 OC 


Warren, 


Watson, 








1 OC 


Carteret, 


Davis, 








1 oc 


Edgc'mb 


Parker, 


1 






1 oc 


Nash, 


Miss Powell, 1 

Mr. (tMrs.Frgjicr. j 


1 




5C 


-T^'nr.He 








3? 



ONSTITUT-ION 



,....^:.L. 1. This Institution shall be called the Baptist St(bte,Co}i 
vnition of North Car olind 

Art. 2. The primary objects of t'lis Convention shall be the.cduca- 
tion of yoiHig:meT),"^iled of God to the Ministry, and approved of by 
the churches to which they respectively belong; the employment of 
Missionaries Avithiu the limits of this State ; and a co-operation with 
the Baptist General Cohveution of the United States in the promotion 
^of missions in iccneral. 

Atit. 3. The funds devoted to these objects shall be kept distinct from 
each other, and shall be punctually appropriated agreeably to the spe- 
cific intenliau of contributors: •* ■ 

Art. 4. This Instilution s'aall be composed of such nidividuals, and 
delegates from such Associations, Churches, and Societies, as shall 
make adequ-'ile contribution.^ to its funds. 

Art. .5. £very Association, Church, Society, or individual, shall be 
entitfedto send to the Convention -ORe Delegate, who shall be a member 
of the Baptist Gh-iruh, ioreveij ten dollars paid into the Treasury. 

Art. G. The oiiicers of thi$ Convention, to be electtd anBUally, shall 
be, a President, ithree Vi.-e Presiclents, a Corresponcling Secrtrpry, Re- 
cording Secretary, and 'Treasurer, who, with thirty ollitrs, shall ^'^^- 
stitutc a Board of Directors, five of whom shall-form a quorum. 

Art. 7. , It shall be the duty of the President to preside at, all ^::eti- 
ings ot the ConventiQn and Bo^rd; that of the Vice Pft;sidents, in case 
of his al.«?nce,4^ccprding to senicritj\ The Cprresjonding Secretary 
'shall be'reqL«irod ti cprrei-pcnd with Societies, or inqivieuals, so- far as 
i\vi interests of the Con v-er/tion.shall rt-quirt-iai c. \\a' Recording Secre- 
tary snail preserve a bilhfiil- record of tiie p:oc'ee'.>i:!' s of U:e bod}^ — 
The Treasurer shall holdll^Jundsof the CoriVenti<'..n, to l-e subject to 
the order of'the Board j sh ij ^ive security ,fv>r the fiiithful discharge of 
his duties; and s'|-il;l make nn,^,nnual report of the re.^eifts and expendi- 
tures, which shali beauditecf^Yid'puhlish'^d with the n*inutes. - 

'Art. 8. 'J'hi-BuurJ of DiWto.s^ shall u)eet scmi-annnaily, at such 
place as itshail from tlm? to time designate; when they shall adopt -^uch, 
measu res aVs halt best lend to carry into eni-ctthe diOercnt objectsofthe 
ConvP^^tiau; suSjeirt to the provishjus ofth-^ Coixstitution. > 

Art. 9. There shall .be y.aadt-qnatH number of .Agents, subject to 
the direction of the Conveiition or us Board, whose duty it fh^ll be to 
visit Asrrociutions.' Ch n it: he% 4S:;c.-^r.id endeavor to. secure their co- 
operation with this Ins-tituticm, CQ.iformjbly to- the provisions of the 
"Constiuulon. 

Art. id.' Xl>3.Co:ivenuaiv>hall hold-its m^eetinqfs ann'riily, coiyi- 
menciuof o.isuchdjy&ai Sne^ pjace.as it shall fi^om time to time direct. 

Art' U. Tue Coni^entipashUll retiuire o{ in Board, a specific re- 
port of all their procdedingiS^atVach anmnal meetina:. 

Art. '12. Ariy ahsralion inay be made in this Constitution at any 
a*ina?.l m?e^i:i?. \viL h th^ con'^arrance of two-thirds of the members pres-